I was talking to some men the other day about the Porn issue. You know when I was a teen it was an inconvenience to try to find porn. I mean there was not that many choices. Cable or magazines were all you had. Now the times have changed. It’s nothing more than a keyword on a google search. And to make things worse most people have a device within 2 feet all the time that can look up porn if their flesh desires.
Billboards, magazines, even regular tv are all pushing the limit on the new norm. Sexuality is and has always sold but the platforms have drastically changed on how accessible it is to view. The music now on the radio would not have been allowed on the radio just a few decades ago. What entertains you, enters you. The world is defining sexuality not just to the unbelievers but the church.
As a father of 4 boys, I often ask God for guidance. Growing up in the church it was regularly talked about. The solution was simple they said, though it was not. They told us that we needed accountability, passwords to protect us from content, try to not look at it, and whatever you do, do not look at it. Your greatest defense was your own willpower. I found this very ineffective. The demonization of the girls and men and the act of viewing were talked about with such disgust that if you ever looked at it your soul was crushed under the weight of condemnation. You thought of yourself with such disgust for looking that it kept you in a pit.
What they did not teach me is this important bit of Scripture. The law strengthens sin! Covering a heart issue with law does not heal the heart but strengthens the very issue your guarding your self from. What happens is the constant guarding your eyes cause a trigger within my flesh that the moment you accidentally see something you would fall back into sin. Paul speaks about this in Romans 8. We were never saved to manage our behaviors but to crucify them. sin was not my issue, my understanding of righteousness was.
The other issue is when you do not know what you were created for you will abuse yourself. Ever since I was born almost every idea of sexuality has been taught to me through a worldly perspective the church is afraid to talk about sex. So the world quickly becomes our teacher. It’s the way that seems right to a man but it leads to death. So we ignorantly take this into our marriage. Sex is looked as a need instead of a vehicle that leads to an incredible place of intimacy. It’s not about needs or children, it’s about becoming one. I was never told that I could lust over my wife. I will write more on this another day.
The other thing is the church did not teach me to know no man or woman after the flesh on the spirit. I always picture Jesus the moment they drag Mary in front of him after she was caught in the act of sex. I doubt she was even clothed. They wanted her to look at disgusting. I don’t think Jesus had to avert his eyes so he wouldn’t stumble. No, his heart was completely whole in the Father. Instead, He looked into her heart. He saw the brokenness, fear, the rejection, he saw that she needed a savior. I was homeschooled in the world though I was raised in the church. I was taught like many to be aroused by beauty. The problem is that is not love but lust. Instead, I was not taught to look at the heart. If humanity had not fallen with Adam, we would not find our spouse in the garden by arousal but through our spirit. We are called to return to the garden.
In discovering my identity I quickly became aware of the plans of the enemy. I realized that the enemy did not attack me when I was abiding in Jesus, when my heart was filled with unspeakable joy and so on. He attacked when I felt rejected, insecure, broken, depressed. Those were the moments he chose his battle. In those places, the flesh looked for a false hope of pleasure. What I did not know is that my heart and spirit were shouting for intimacy while the flesh protested for its counterfeit. Jesus alone is my fulfillment. This was not a battle of willpower but instead, it was a battle of submission. Not to the law but to His ever conquering love. Self-control is not a law but a fruit of abiding in Jesus.
The beauty of this is…the moment an accidental post of an image or anything else pops in front of you, you quickly find that that desire is no longer in you. You can see the brokenness of the person in front of you. Your not praying for God to protect you but instead, you’re praying for their deliverance from that dangerous lifestyle. I am in no way saying that porn is acceptable to look at. What I am saying is the desire to view is the fruit of an issue, not the root. When you discover the indescribable love of Jesus you will discover who you are in him. I love what Jesus said to his followers after the devil came to him. He said Satan has departed for a more opportune time, he has found nothing in me. Let the devil find when he comes after you that he finds nothing in you but Jesus.
Here are a few testimonies of God touching the youth in Denmark with the power of Holy Spirit.
Ok family, let’s talk about some things. One of the things that have been on my heart lately is the topic of the ANOINTING and GIFTINGS. So lets first look at anointing.
So in the Old Testament Priest or Prophets would often take people who were called or chosen by God and they would anoint them with oil allowing the Spirit of the Lord to rest upon them for a season. The word anoints (maw-shakh’in Hebrew) means to smear or to paint. Often they would take an entire rams horn of oil pouring the full contents allowing it to drip from the head running all the way to the feet. This anointing literally broke off the bonds of the flesh, empowering you to fulfill God call.
It’s the ANOINTING that breaks the yoke of the enemy. Isaiah 10:27
This process was very important. In this place of submission, you were allowing the Holy Spirit to wear you. Yes, I said that correctly. Holy Spirit would wear you much like when you put on a glove. From Aaron, Gideon, Samuel, Saul, David and many more they were all anointed, smeared, painted, with the very presence of God. This anointing added with the Holy Spirit turned your gifting into an amazing weapon for the Kingdom.
For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. Romans 11:29
Now let us look at Giftings. As the scripture in Romans says, the gifts and call can never be withdrawn. While you were being knitted together in your mother’s womb God was placing inside of you gifts and callings. This is called your created purpose. These gifts and callings are there to give God glory and also they are there for your joy. There is nothing more amazing then when you find your calling in life.
Now there are a select group of giftings called the Gifts of the Spirit or also known as the Graces of the Spirit. These are the gifts I will be focusing on. Every Spirit-filled Believer has access to every one of the Gifts. Nine Gifts are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8 but I do believe there are more that could be mentioned in Old Testament scripture. I will focus on these. So here they are.
Word of Wisdom
Word of Knowledge
Gift of Faith
Gift of Healing
Working of Miracles
Gift of Prophecy
Discerning of Spirits
Gift of Tongues
Interpretation of Tongues
Just be clear Paul never emphasizes that you can have only one but He suggest that we can excel in every gift.
So let us go a little deeper. Here is my concern. With all the schools of Supernatural and ministries teaching on the gifts (Though I see churches and ministries that have done incredible Jobs) we have in some way imparted giftings apart from the need of the anointing. Heres what I mean. There is a big difference between being baptized with the Holy Spirit and being Filled with the Holy Spirit. For some people, they have literally been fill only on their baptism but never again.
Listen, friends, Holy Spirit is not an optional voice. I think I have ignorantly believed that the church was maturer then they actually are. Holy Spirit is part of the three persons of the Godhead. God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit. Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of God that created everything you see, including the forming of Christ in Mary’s womb. HE’S not just a voice…He is the voice.
There is a fullness that only comes through ABIDING in communion with the Holy Spirit. This fullness is where the anointing is. This place of raw obedience and communion is where the marriage begins. I see people all the time who get filled and run to the streets to see healings and miracles but they never come back to the secret place. In the beginning, there is a small grace for that but eventually, you will stop operating under the anointing and you will function solely off of your gifting.
1st Samuel sheds some light to this. In Chapter 10 we come to the story of a young Saul searching for His father’s donkeys. Israel in their distress of being under siege from the Philistines cry out to God for a king and God grants their wish and tells Samuel to anoint Saul and the Spirit of the Lord rest on Saul and gives him a new heart. In the chapter we see Samuel pour a flask of oil over Sauls’ head and anoint him king of Israel. On Sauls way home he runs into a group of Prophets prophesying and Sauls gifting along with the anointing causes him to fall to the ground prophesying. It was said by the people who saw this “Is Saul not also a Prophet.” So here we see Saul prophesying under the gift and the anointing.
Later we see through many acts of disobedience 1 Samuel 16:14 says that the Spirit of the Lord departed Saul and a distressing spirit entered him. So in this moment Saul is no longer anointed by God and it has been transferred to David. This is where obedience becomes so important. Know I know people will point out that I am reading from the Old Testament. But remember that Paul in Ephesians 4:30 not to grieve the Holy Spirit, and 1 Thessalonians 5:19 tells us to not quench Him.
Grace my friends is a beautiful thing. But grace is poured out through humility and repentance. I want to tell you that Holy Spirit will never leave you but your disobedience can make you lose your awareness of His presence.
Let’s look at the last part of Sauls story. Saul is now pursuing Gods anointed King David. While trying to capture David, Saul runs into a group of Prophets prophesying on the road and when Saul encounters them he falls to the ground prophesying. The Spirit of God had come on Him but not in Him. Sauls’ heart was no longer Gods. This lead Saul to prophecy out of a perverted gift many time later believing that God had given David to Saul to kill.
My Friends, moving out of a gifting without the anointing “Presence” is a deadly thing. You will find yourself moving from a perspective of the person’s heart, not from an anointing. When a gifting moves in unison with an anointing, its more than a word, its the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION. Seek the closet, my friends. The anointing is worth everything. I love the person of the Holy Spirit. He is the audible beat of God’s heart towards you. Do not let a gifting leave you glorying in yourself. Obey the voice, the very voice of God the Spirit! Only Believe!!!